SAN DIEGO, Ca. - February 2007...CAGE, just the name implies the image of unbreakable steel and an inescapable trap. The perfect moniker for the heavy metal leader of the next phase of heavy rock music. Critics and fans alike have tried to label or classify this 5 piece group from the glistening shores of San Diego, California, with terms like "pure millennium metal", "classic metal for the new age" or "modern day power metal". Whatever you want call them, you should also add "contagious and infectious", as they inspire people to continue to press replay when the cd is in their stereo, and " let's go see them again" when they play live.
In 1992 as grunge, despair, and flannel shirts pushed the arena metal sound of the 80's into the realm of extreme un-coolness, ironically CAGE was born. Some bands are great musicians but just don't have "it", that magic that makes certain performers special. CAGE has that "it", and it comes from following their musical hearts in an uncompromising way right from their earliest beginnings. They could have tried to follow the 3 or 4 different musical trends that have come and gone since then, but instead they wrote songs that inspired that feeling that only the sound of heavy metal can deliver.
Although a full-length cd was recorded in 1995, it has still remained un-released. It wasn't until 1998 that CAGE released their first full-length cd appropriately called "UNVEILED".
This cd had the advantage of 6 years worth of material and news quickly began to spread through the underground metal community that a new band from San Diego, California had somehow captured the magic of timeless heavy metal. CAGE had very little contacts but worked the pavement hard sending out over 300 promo packages that contained some of the most illustrious packaging an independent band had ever assembled. Backed financially by singer Sean Peck who worked in the lucrative Southern Californian real estate market, this independent band had better packaging and promotional materials than that of a band signed to a major label. More importantly though, UNVEILED was blowing people away. The reviews began coming in and they were unbelievable. The cd began selling quickly as independent distributors were contacting the band and sending cash orders in large and rapid fashion.
Then the calls started coming in from Europe. This market was unknown to CAGE but apparently they loved the cd so much that despite a massive marketing campaign, even more contacts found their way to the band. A journalist named Jurgen Tscmaler saw something in CAGE and believed that they could be the start of something huge. Unbeknownst to the band, Jurgen entered them in a prestigious best-unsigned band contest for German ROCK HARD magazine. The winner of the competition would be awarded the opportunity to play at the world famous DYNAMO Open Air festival in Holland. The competition for 1999 had over 600 bands competing and the winner was selected by the fans votes, not the critics. CAGE has always been a band of the people and this competition was no exception as CAGE won the contest by over a 2 to 1 margin.